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M&S Brixton Road to Undergo Transformation: A New Foods-Only Era Begins After 93 Years

In an era where the retail sector is constantly evolving to meet new consumer demands, Marks & Spencer on Brixton Road stands as a testament to adaptability and enduring community service.

After 93 years of trading, the store is set to undergo a significant transformation. Starting from April 11th, the doors of this beloved establishment will close temporarily, with a re-opening scheduled for Autumn this year. This hiatus marks the beginning of an extensive renovation project aimed at converting the store into a Foods-only format.

Mark, the dedicated Store Manager at M&S Brixton, shared his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “It’s a bittersweet moment for us. While we are excited about the future, we recognize the impact our temporary closure will have on our loyal customers. This renovation is a promise of our commitment to not just meet but exceed the expectations of our patrons.”

January 1930 Previously standing at 448-450 Brixton Road was general department store, Francis and Son Ltd.

The first-ever Marks & Spencer in London, originally nestled under a railway arch in Brixton Station Road in 1903, was a humble ‘Original Penny Bazaar.’ This marked the beginning of M&S’s journey in the capital, a journey characterized by growth and innovation. By moving to its current location at 448-450 Brixton Road in 1931, M&S solidified its presence in the community, offering everything from the much-loved Percy Pigs to daily essentials.

This renovation reflects more than just a change in business strategy; it is a nod to the store’s historic roots and its evolution alongside the Brixton community. The transformation into a Foods-only outlet signifies a shift towards specialized retailing, focusing on quality food offerings that cater to contemporary consumer preferences.

Brixton Railway arch back in the day (Image: The M&S Company Archive)

As the store embarks on this new chapter, the editorial team invites the community to share their memories and photos of M&S Brixton. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the store’s rich history and anticipate its future contributions to local life.

Stay tuned for updates on this exciting development. M&S Brixton’s transformation is a story of resilience, innovation, and a deep-seated commitment to serving the community, promising a new era of retail excellence on Brixton Road.


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